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2012 Annual Report, Development Committee
Every gift counts!
We on the Development Committee view our tasks as a ministry—a ministry of stewardship and outreach. We are excited about the future of New England Yearly Meeting, and we invite you to join us in supporting NEYM and the work to which we are called.
New England Yearly Meeting is blessed with many, many volunteers who give of their time and talents. We are grateful for your contributions. Money is also needed to fulfill the spiritual mission of the Yearly Meeting. To be good stewards, we need to invest in the Yearly Meeting’s financial health. Your one-time donations and sustaining gifts help NEYM to:
- Maintain our integrity by providing adequate salary and benefits to our staff members;
- Support local meetings by promoting intervisitation;
- Build community for Quaker children with a strong youth retreat program and outreach to families and First Day Schools;
- Sustain our witness to Friends and friends in the wider world.
All of our work is done by a very small staff with the help of many volunteers. In fact, our entire Yearly Meeting budget is less than that of many individual churches from other denominations.
Contributions both from the monthly meetings and from families and individuals are needed to support this work. For FY12, NEYM budgeted $310,000 in contributions from monthly meetings and $110,000 from individuals. Yet, as of the middle of May, we are not close to meeting our commitment to individual contributions that Yearly Meeting approved last summer.
Financial support from each of our members, no matter how small, is important to the health of the Yearly Meeting. If everyone donated as they were able, we would close the budget gap. Just think! If 350 Friends gave just $1 per day, we would have enough money to meet our needs and extend our ministry in exciting ways.
The Development Committee works to raise awareness of our financial needs at Sessions and through annual mailings, promotes a strong GiveMonthly program, and works with the Finance Committee to set realistic, achievable budgets. We also stay in contact with our major donors — those Friends who are financially able to provide substantial support to the Yearly Meeting. But these donors alone cannot, and should not, carry the burden of meeting our financial obligations.
We urge you to donate to Yearly Meeting: send a check to the treasurer or hand it to a Development Committee member at Sessions, make a gift of appreciated stock, name NEYM as a beneficiary in your will or life insurance, or set up a GiveMonthly account of $5 or more per month. Please help NEYM stay strong. Together, we can do it!
— Nancy Haines, clerk